Wounded Warrior Project recently announced the launch of the Warrior Care Network to connect wounded veterans and their families with mental health care services.
According to a press release, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and its partners through the Warrior Care Network will commit $100 million during a period of 3 years to help increase access to quality care for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The program is expected to begin accepting patients by the end of 2015. Wounded veterans who are eligible for the network will receive access to the program regardless of geographic location or ability to pay for services.
“The invisible wounds that our injured warriors struggle with every day have devastating long-term consequences on their health, yet too often they have difficulty seeking and getting timely and effective care for these conditions,” Jeremy Chwat, chief program officer at WWP, said in the release. “We envision and seek to create a world where warriors who live with PTSD and TBI have access to the timely and quality care they need to recover, heal and move forward with their lives.”
The network will expand regional outpatient programs and develop 2-week to 3-week intensive outpatient programs offering individualized care. Treatment programs also will integrate behavioral health care, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, nutrition, mindfulness training and family support.
The network’s four founding academic health care partners of Warrior Care Network are Emory’s Veterans Program at Emory University, Atlanta; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program; Operation Mend Program at University of California, Los Angeles; and the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Health care partners will share best practices, coordinate care among sites and develop measurable health care outcomes for the network, according to the release.